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Our opinion: Coronavirus hits close to home

There has been plenty of frustration in regard to the coronavirus counts in Warren County. Though there has been a minimal number of cases, there always is plenty of uncertainty that surrounds the number.

On one occasion, one positive case was listed here when in reality it was in a county by the same name in Ohio.

But last week’s revelation of a patient with COVID-19 in the Warren Manor in Pleasant Township does hit close to home.

Residents living in that facility are the most at-risk when it comes to this cruel illness.

“The health, safety, and well-being of our residents is our priority,” Warren Manor Administrator Susanna Hummel said in disclosing the case. “Our goal is to prevent any further spread within our care community to our residents, staff, and partners. We have notified all residents, staff, and providers, and will continue to update all family members with our weekly calls. We have further reduced exposure within the building by isolating residents to their room, initiated isolation procedures for suspected COVID-19 residents, and are having sick staff stay home.”

According to officials at the Manor, the resident is stable and has displayed mild symptoms.

Our region is fairly lucky. There has been no spike in cases similar to what has been seen in other areas across the nation.

As we have learned over the last four months, the most vulnerable to getting this illness are senior citizens. We must do all we can — including wearing masks — to keep them safe.

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